Class 3A final
Who: No. 2 Assumption (40-5) vs. No. 1 Harlan (36-2)
When: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Where: Principal Park, Des Moines
At stake: Assumption is looking to become first team in Iowa to claim 10 summer baseball titles. Harlan is vying for its fourth title, second in a row.
Projected pitching matchup: Assumption (Trenton Wallace 10-0, 0.32 ERA, 65 IP, 99 Ks, 14 BB) vs. Harlan (Brett Sears 9-0, 1.31 ERA, 53 1/3 IP, 65 Ks, 27 BB)
Assumption's top hitters: Luke Fennelly, sr. (.450 avg., 10 doubles, 40 RBIs); Justus Burke, sr. (.424 avg., 13 doubles, 5 HRs, 33 RBIs, 24 SB); Nolan Melchert, sr. (.428 avg., 13 doubles, 37 RBIs)
Harlan's top hitters: Dillon Sears, sr. (.444 avg., 8 doubles, 6 triples, 29 RBIs); Ryan Doran, jr. (.453 avg., 13 doubles, 6 HRs, 47 RBIs); Connor Bruck, fr. (.451 avg., 14 SB)
Quick hits: Assumption leads 3A in ERA at 1.21 and has allowed more than two runs in a game just once in its last nine outings. Harlan is fifth at 1.99. Assumption is second in hitting (.370) and Harlan fifth (.349). The Cyclones are particularly aggressive on the bases with 167 steals, third most in 3A. Brett Sears allowed three hits and no runs in 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 6-0 win over Oskaloosa. Assumption is just third team in state this year to reach 40 wins, joining 1A North Linn (41) and Martensdale-St. Marys (41).
— Matt Coss